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2020 APA-IL Illinois State Section Spring Conference (CM | 8.75 pending)

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

In light of mounting cancellations and disruptions to travel, the APA-ISS Board has decided to cancel the 2020 APA-ISS Conference in Champaign-Urbana. Please cancel all travel plans associated with this event. See our announcement for more information.

Small-scale development is the backbone of Illinois communities big and small. It’s the modest, pedestrian-oriented buildings on our Main Streets and the missing middle housing in our most walkable neighborhoods. Chances are that if you asked your neighbors what their favorite part of town is, many of them would select areas characterized by small-scale development. Nevertheless, small-scale development has taken a backseat to larger developments by professional developers in recent decades.

How can planners, elected officials, and bold citizens revive a culture of small-scale development in their communities? Who are the parties involved, and what are the barriers that might exist in your community?

This conference will answer some of those questions for you by connecting you with Illinois planners and non-planners. The Illinois State Section (APA-ISS) is proud to partner with the Incremental Development Alliance to shine a light on small-scale development.

DATE: April 2-3, 2020, for those coming down the night before the conference begins, there will be a reception the evening of April 1st at the new Kam's in Champaign.

LOCATION: Illinois Terminal, 45 East University Avenue, Champaign, IL. The main conference venue is the CityView Events and Meeting Center, located on the 4th floor.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: There are hotel blocks at Hyatt Place Champaign and the Illini Union Hotel. Please visit the conference webpage for more information. The last day to book a room at the conference rate is Sunday, March 1, 2020!

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT: We welcome students from urban planning programs & related fields. Take advantage of reduced registration rates! If you are a student not able to attend the conference, please join us for a free Career Panel on April 2nd on UIUC's campus at Temple Buell Hall Students can also join us for free at the April 2nd conference reception at Temple Buell Hall (will follow the Career Panel). Details can be found on the conference webpage.

THURSDAY-ONLY REGISTRATION: Can't make the whole conference? We understand everyone can't take 2-days off. Thursday's agenda will focus on small-scale development issues that are relevant to non-planners and planners alike.




Can I attend the conference if I'm not an APA member or APA-IL Illinois State Section member? Absolutely! We welcome all urban planning professionals and students as well as allied professionals. Architects, developers, elected & appointed officials, and all citizens interested in building vibrant, resilient neighborhoods are invited to join this year's conference.

If you have any other questions, please contact the conference organizer, Ben LeRoy at or 217-403-8800


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